The latest from Fr. Phil:
While the in-person worship plan is under review by the Diocese, those several parishioners desiring to attend are welcome, so long as they wear face covering and are seated at the direction of the clergy and/or attendants. Those attending must bring their own Book of Common Prayer. We will livestream all worship in any case as a matter of course.
We will maintain Morning Prayer worship through the summer and begin Holy Communion in September.
To take advantage of this time apart, some in our parish have expressed an interest in using this time to gain remotely a new skill, strengthen an existing talent, investigate a new hobby, or delve deeper into a new area of interest. Some lack the motivation to do so or don’t know where to start.
This is an opportunity for all ages to teach and learn!
Recognizing that many among us may have gifts and graces to share with others, Judy Linger has agreed to help match folks with remote “classes” (applied loosely) to offer, with members interested in growth.
Some examples: Marge Keller agreed to help with learning conversational Spanish if the interest is there. Fr. Phil indicated he’s willing to broaden our understanding of The Book of Common Prayer. Perhaps one of our gifted photographers could help us improve our photo compositions. Any history buffs interested it sharing fun facts, especially regarding local sights? All done remotely, of course.
To kickstart this effort, please leave your thoughts about what you can share and when you are available with email@example.com. It need be no more than one or two sessions but might continue as long as interest remains and folks are willing to teach or learn.
It’s true that much can be learned through YouTube or the Internet these days but such offers no opportunity for back and forth dialogue. Our current separation makes human interaction so much more precious and meaningful. As Fr Phil stated Sunday, interacting remotely when we know each other yields rewards we don’t anticipate
To get your creative juices flowing, here are some suggestions for “classes” you might like to teach or join:
Do you knit? Crochet? Do origami? Paint or sculpt? Scrapbook? Quilt? Bake? Do you want to learn how to tie beautiful bows for packages? Arrange scarves to good effect? Play the recorder? The harmonica? We can take advantage of our access to shared on-line programs like Zoom to connect safely with others in meaningful ways. God gives us the talent. Why waste it?
From the Church of England's "Thy Kingdom Come" website, resources for the family during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The last few months have certainly looked very different to normal. For many families, there has been more time to spend together and with the summer holidays swiftly approaching, we wanted to share some of our favourite family based resources with you. Our hope is that you can grow in faith as a family during this time.
Family Adventure Prayer Map
Did you get to complete our Family Adventure Prayer Map? If you haven't, why don't you try it over the summer? If you have, you could try it again and go deeper! Click on the image to find the map!
Family Prayer Adventure Podcast
The Family Prayer Adventure podcasts are a fun and engaging way to help families pray together. At 10-12 minutes long, they feature a game, an interactive Bible story, a chance to pray and great music. Click on the image to hear the podcasts!
Have you got young people in your household? Why not encourage them to work through the devotional series in this year's Prayer Journal which explores the theme 'The Fathers Love'. Click on the image to find the journal.
'Bright Ideas for Families' has some creative and fun activities to help families pray together, such as pebble prayers or rocket prayers! Click here to see more >
Clinton's Farmer's Market and others
Clinton Community Farmer's Market
North County Library, Halstead St., Clinton
Sunday 9-1 Opens June 28!
Help Needed to Begin a Lay Ministry for Livestreaming
Volunteers are needed to help in the restructuring of our worship, both in its delivery over the Internet and how it is projected for those worshiping in church. This might include delivery to handheld devices.
Going forward we will always be live-streaming our worship. The sharing of bound books and hymnals will be discouraged for use during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond, so we need to have a plan for utilizing the technology available to give people as much access as possible to all components of worship - the liturgy and the hymnody in particular - both online and within the church building.
Please note that the plans to be developed will not be as drastic as it sounds: it's just adapting to our situation and in keeping with our Episcopal Tradition. We are a prayer book church and will continue to be so, though perhaps not with as much paper in our hands.
If you are interested in helping with this new ministry, please let the Marge Keller, Eva Lesniak and Father Phil know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis.
During the World War II bombings of London, the four Pevensie children are sent to a country house where they will be safe. It is a large house in the country, a house with many rooms, which are filled with many things. But one of the rooms is absolutely empty, except for a single piece of furniture: a large wardrobe. It is a wardrobe, the children discover, which has magical properties.
CHS Pastoral Care Virtual/Tele Chaplaincy
This program is a way to support the congregation during these difficult times. We all respond to the current events and the trauma related to COVID differently and may need to speak with a live chaplain. The chaplaincy program is not limited to current events but could be personal whatever is on your mind and you need support and comfort. All calls are confidential unless there is something said that is cause for concern.
Deacon Michelleslie will be the Virtual Chaplain and can be contacted Sunday's from 12 to 6pm at 908-442-8063 (GIB T0NE).
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